Program Name: Adult Education
35 Mt. Carmel Ave
Chicopee, MA 01013
All classes are offered free of charge. Classes are designed to help participants to acquire the skills and credentials they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency and engage meaningfully in their communities in their roles as workers, parents, and community members.
Adult Basic Education Classes, including preparation to take the high school equivalency exam:
Classes are designed to improve skills in reading, writing, math and computer literacy in order to better equip students for college, vocational training or the workforce. There are three levels of adult basic education classes, from beginning literacy through preparation for high school equivalency. These classes meet three to four mornings per week. The Education and Career Advisor assists individuals to develop an Education and Career Plan and helps them identify their next steps to college, vocational training, or employment.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL):
Classes are designed to improve students' speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in English. There are four levels of classes, each of which meets two evenings per week.
Citizenship classes are offered three times per year. Two classes are offered during the academic year and meet once per week for 3 hours per class. In addition, we offer a summer class that meets 2 evenings per week for 5 weeks.
All Adult Education Classes Include:
- Tutoring support offered by volunteers
- Computer literacy instruction integrated into all classes
- Workshops and one-on-one assistance in resume development, interviewing, and online job searching
- Academic advising to help students identify an education and career path and assist with transition to college, vocational training or employment
- Supportive counseling to address barriers to completion
- Referral to community resources
Education programs are offered for people 16 years of age and older who are not enrolled in high school.
The Adult Education Program can assist anyone who is a resident of Massachusetts; however, a percentage of seats are reserved for Chicopee residents.